Delhi' budget allocation stagnant for 10 yrs, CM wants a hike

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 11:24 hrs

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today demanded an increase in central budgetary allocation to Delhi, saying it has been stagnant at Rs 325 crore per annum for last 10 years.

Speaking at a meeting of chief ministers of North Zone states chaired by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Dikshit said the central assistance should be in proportionate to the size of Delhi's annual budget which crossed Rs 35,000 crore.

"I reminded the Finance Minister that Delhi has been getting a budgetary support of Rs 325 crore a year for last one decade and we do feel that it should be increased. The assistance should be proportionate to our annual budget which crossed Rs 35,000 crore," Dikshit said later.

Chief Secretary P K Tripathi said although central assistance to the states is calculated considering the state budget, the same has not been applied for granting the allocation to Delhi in the last few years.

Dikshit said there has been lot of pressure on Delhi Government to enhance infrastructure due to increasing migration to the city and it needs funds to improve the facilities to match the demand.

"The scenario keeps on changing due to migration into the city. At times we fail to catch up with others. There is scarcity of space in the city. I explained all the difficulties to the Finance Minister," Dikshit said.

Asked whether government was considering steps to discourage migration to Delhi, she said Delhi, being the national capital, attracts people from across the country and government cannot put any restriction on it.

"We cannot do it. We should not do it," she said.

The Chief Minister highlighted various challenges facing the city like shortage of water and rising pollution level.

The meeting was attended by CMDs of public sector banks and financial institutions.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said a number of important issues related to credit flow in agriculture and education sectors in his state were discussed.

"It was a fruitful meeting," he said.

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